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-- KonaRed Corporation and Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS) Co-Develop Flavor Pods Exclusively for Use with SDS' Unique CO2 Cylinder Free Technology --
KOLOA, Hawaii, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KonaRed Corporation (OTCBB/OTCQB: KRED), manufacturers of Antioxidant Juices and nutritional supplements from the exclusive Hawaiian CoffeeBerry®, coffee fruit from Kona, Hawaii, announced today it has signed a Letter of Intent to create a strategic partnership with Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS), the Drinking Experience Company, specializing in beverages and at-home carbonation products.
SDS and KonaRed will together launch worldwide a line of powdered beverage pods co-developed exclusively for use with Viberation, SDS' new generation of At-Home Carbonation appliances and portable beverage products which use a patented powered technology to deliver fizz, flavor and functional benefits all in one pod, in just two easy steps (insert pod and push to pierce) and with no CO2 cylinder!
"The market is looking for healthy drinks enhanced with functional benefits such as antioxidants and we are delighted that KonaRed has partnered with us to offer their wellness beverages to consumers using our new zero CO2 cylinder technology," states Serge Bueno SDS' Founder and Executive Chairman. "Our strategy is to have one or two major brands covering all of our functional benefit soft drinks plus a range of brands to cover specifics such as children, sport and natural organic beverages, etc., and KonaRed fits perfectly into this strategy," continues Bueno.
The KonaRed / Viberation co-branded beverage range is expected to include original Hawaiian CoffeeBerry®, Organic Green Tea and Coconut Water flavor pods and be available in the United States in late 2014.
KonaRed's CEO Shaun Roberts commented, "We're excited to enter this strategic partnership with SDS. Their unique technology fits right in with our own cutting edge product line and is the type of innovation we feel will draw more consumers to KonaRed. This opportunity creates a new fun way for consumers to enjoy our products and we expect it will drive incremental sales from the at-home carbonation market."
About Sparkling Drink Systems International
Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS), the Drinking Experience Company, specializes in beverages and at-home carbonation products. The company was developed not only to supply consumers with home beverage carbonation products but, most importantly to bring to the market their unique know- how and expertise for this category. SDS offers a range of convenient products and solutions. SDS has offices in United States, France, Israel, Italy, London, Hong Kong and China. For more information about SDS, visit www.sparklingds.com
About KonaRed Corporation
KonaRed Corporation produces health and wellness nutritional products including beverages and supplements, which bring the attributes of Hawaiian Coffee fruit to an international consumer market. Our underlying business was established on August 22, 2008 and our first sales were achieved in February 2009. KonaRed became publicly traded through a merger with an existing listed company on October 4, 2013 and trades on the OTCBB and OTCQB under the symbol KRED. KonaRed, through a licensing agreement with VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc., utilizes innovative, state of the art, proprietary processes that produce antioxidant extracts and powders from Hawaiian Coffee Fruit which are used to produce KonaRed's Antioxidant Juices, Organic Green Tea, Coconut Water and On-the-Go Packs. KonaRed Corporation is headquartered in Koloa, Hawaii, and its distribution is centered in San Clemente California. KonaRed products are sold in select Kroger, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, Safeway, Walmart, 7-Eleven, and many other retail outlets throughout the US and Canada. More information about KonaRed and its products can be found at www.konared.com.
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